When asked about quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during a pre-draft press conference, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch made no promises.
“I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday,” Shanahan said on Monday when asked if Garoppolo will be on the roster.
49ers tight end George Kittle replied to Sports Center’s tweet of the press conference and said, “I’ll call you on Sunday to let you know I’m alive coach.”
Shanahan later elaborated, explaining that he’s communicated with Garoppolo and that he’s excited to take a rookie because he has a guy like Garoppolo there to guide him.
“The biggest thing with Jimmy is his injuries. It’s been very tough for us when he’s been hurt,” Shanahan said on Monday. “This happened two of these three years. That’s where it starts … So to have Jimmy with having a rookie quarterback gives us a lot of leeway into this. I’m not going to set anything into stone, but I know that’s the situation that would be hard to get rid of.”
In March, Shanahan said having Garoppolo as a mentor for a rookie is the ideal situation for the team.
“We have a guy in here who we know we can win with,” he said. “A guy that our players love, that we love and we’re excited to have him this year. And we’re excited to have a hell of a quarterback right behind him learning from him when the time is his.”